If it’s Thursday, this must be the mailbag.
Q: What has happened with “Vegas?” Another show has replaced it on Tuesday nights. Will it be back?
A: Tuesday is a very successful night for CBS, thanks to NCIS and NCIS: LA, so it has put new drama Golden Boy in the 10 p.m. hour on that night for a couple of weeks in the hope that fans of the earlier shows will give it a try. Golden Boy is set to move to Fridays beginning March 8. Vegas will return on March 12 “and, I believe, much more after that,” co-star Michael Chiklis said on Twitter. CBS, after all, has ordered a full season of the show — and it recently premiered in England.
Q: What happened to bringing all the actors who played James Bond on stage at the Oscars? I thought they were all on board and ready to appear. Shirley Bassey was wonderful, and the actors’ appearances would have added a touch of class to the ceremonies.
A: There was talk about bringing together Bonds-men Daniel Craig, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, Roger Moore, Sean Connery and George Lazenby. But it was apparently never more than talk. Oscars producer Craig Zadan told Reuters before the ceremonies that, while a Bond tribute was planned, “it never included the concept of six guys coming out and standing there awkwardly on the stage.” And while Zadan and producing parner Neil Meron made plenty of mistakes in the Oscars telecast, that was one they avoided; it could have ended up like the telecast’s awkward reuniting of stars from Marvel’s The Avengers.
Q: I was wondering if the Queen mansion on the CW’s “Arrow”is the same one they used for Lex Luthor’s on “Smallville.”
A: It is. Both programs have used Hatley Castle on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, as a location. Completed in 1908, the castle was commissioned by Canadian businessman and politician James Dunsmuir, and its elaborate look testifies to his assertion that “money doesn’t matter, just build what I want.” It is now part of the campus of Royal Roads University, You may also have seen it in other productions, including X-Men movies.
Q: I am wondering why Dog “The Bounty Hunter” has not been on CMT as was published to be happening.
A: Dog and Beth: On the Hunt, a new series starring Duane “Dog” Chapman and wife Beth, will premiere on CMT on April 21. Also featuring the Chapmans’ son Leland, the show will have them “step outside their headquarters in Hawaii to unite with bail bondsmen from around the country as they hunt down some of America’s most dangerous criminals.” Eleven episodes are planned to start with.
q: There was a movie about murder in a wax museum, They used to show it every year on New Year’s Eve. What was the name of the movie, and could I purchase it?
A: More than one thriller has been set in a wax museum, but you may be thinking of The Mystery of the Wax Museum, a 1933 film with Lionel Atwill and Fay Wray, which takes place partly on New Year’s Eve. It was remade as House of Wax, a 1953 movie starring Vincent Price, and originally shown in 3D. You may, then, want a DVD release of House of Wax that included Mystery of the Wax Museum as a bonus. If your local retailer does not have it, I have seen the package for sale from online retailers including Amazon.com, Moviesunlimited.com and Deepdiscount.com. Be sure you are getting the Price House of Wax, not the 2005 release with the same title.
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Rich Heldenfels writes about popular culture for the Beacon Journal and in the HeldenFiles Online blog at www.ohio.com/blogs/heldenfiles. He is also on Twitter and Facebook.